Police investigate car break-ins on Schuylkill River and Perkiomen trails

- Police are investigating car break-ins on the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Trails.

“It’s concerning, “said Denise Herr. She runs or bikes the Schuylkill River Train in Upper Providence Township five days a week.  She’s disappointed to hear about a crime police say is happening here.

“We’re so lucky that we have all these trails around. We want to be safe and you want your valuables to be safe when you’re running,” she said.

But police say if you’re leaving them in plain sight they’re not. Upper Providence Township police say they’re received numerous reports of thefts from vehicles parked at lots that lead to the Schuylkill River and Perkiomen Trails.  In each case someone smashed the car window to take valuables they could see from the outside.

“I’m not surprised with everything that’s going on today, “said Bob Kline. He and his wife Sandy spend quality time walking the trail twice a week.  They both admit to leaving valuables out but say that will change after this.

“Now I won’t after today but I actually have left my handbag in there.  I cover it with a beach towel thinking that’s going to make somebody not see it but I like to trust people,” said Sandy.

Upper Providence police posted the warning on its Facebook page and say other departments like Lower Providence and Phoenixville Police have reported similar incidents.
Reginald McGlawn was out walking his dogs when he heard about it.

“Biggie Smalls is here and this is Snoop E Dogg,”he said introducing his pups. He says he leaves valuables in view in his car and has never had a problem.

“Would I change it? No I wouldn’t.  I like to live my life. I moved up here because there is not as much crime is it is in the city and I do have insurance,” said McGlawn.

Police suggest leaving valuables at home or locking them in the trunk or glove compartment.


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